Designing Support Groups for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities

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About This Program

Target Population: Individuals or organizations who work with parents with intellectual disabilities

Brief Description

Designing Support Groups for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities by Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is an 86-page training module designed to be a tool for any individual or organization that is considering forming a group for parents with intellectual disabilities. The module includes the rationale and benefits of a specialized group, many concrete organizational and format ideas, examples of interventions by facilitators, important disability accommodations, small details that are important to success, and video clips of a TLG group with discussion questions. The module also includes a copy of TLG’s Strategies and Adaptations in Working with Parents with Intellectual Disabilities.

Program Goals:

The goals of Designing Support Groups for Parents with Intellectual Disabilities are:

  • Reduction in social isolation
  • Normalization of the challenges of parenting
  • Increased willingness to ask for parenting help
  • Increased repertoire of parenting ideas and skills
  • Increased self-esteem, parenting confidence, social skills, and assertiveness
  • Expanded social networks and friendships
  • Increased opportunities for community with other families
  • Increased acknowledgement of one’s disability, identification with a larger group of people with intellectual and other disabilities, peer support regarding one’s right to be treated with respect, and disability empowerment
  • Decreased vulnerability to domestic violence, substance abuse, exploitation, and depression

Contact Information

Daisy Jacala
Agency/Affiliation: Through the Looking Glass
Phone: (510) 848-1112 x8107
Fax: (510) 848-1112

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2014

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014